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Wildcat senior Alex Williams following through on a pitch to the plate of the Cats' home opener against Chippewa Falls McDonnell at the new high school fields.

Days Gone By: 2003

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10 YEARS AGO, APRIL 17, 2003

The Wildcat opener on the new baseball fields at the high school was one to remember.

Former Minnesota Twin Tony Oliva came to celebrate pre-game ceremonies and throw out the first ball, Wildcat sophomore Jon Szatkowski scored the first run in the first inning and senior Alex Williams pitched four innings of two-hit ball and struck out six Chippewa Falls McDonnell players to pick up the win. The Wildcat softball team did their share too by winning their first game under returning coach Paul Haugland. "Great weather, a new home field, hundreds of fans, Tony Oliva there to help us celebrate. It was just a very exciting time for baseball in River Falls," said head baseball coach Ryan Bishop.

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